Blank Index Tabs - Part Two

By Jeffrey Zeimetz on 2009-03-27 13:10:41 -

We pride ourselves on stocking one of the most complete selections of preprinted custom/legal index tabs.  However, blank index tabs are often a desirable option. Blank index tabs are appropriate for three basic applications:

Write on Tabs -  This index will have a tab that can be written on with pencil or ink pen.  It provides a quick, inexpensive document divider where the appearance of the finished product is not a consideration.  You may use this method in constructing a rough draft of the finished document or where you wish to erase and rewrite the tab multiple times.  The tab itself may be plain paper stock or coated with a mylar plastic to add durability.  All our coated tabs can be written on.

Label on Tabs - This index is constructed in the same manner as the write on tab but you will instead place a preprinted label directly on the tab.  This label is typically on a backer sheet that will run through a laser or inkjet printer and can then be removed from the sheet and placed on the tab.The most popular label for this purpose is commonly called a bates label, available in white or clear and it works best on a 1/5 cut index tab set.Both blank "write on" and "label on" tabs are appropriate for small quantities of custom wording tabs.  This is also the preferred method for a small quantity of custom wording tabs in bottom tab, legal or A4 sizes.

Copier Tabs - Copier tabs are blank, unprinted index tabs. The user imprints custom tab titles on demand using a high-speed copier, or laser printer. They allow creation of custom printed tabs using print-on-demand technology, saving time and money. Generally the other pages of a document are printed at the same time as the tabs, delivering a finished, assembled document in one pass.


Who Uses Copier Tabs?


Copier tabs are used by ...

  • Corporate repro centers, particularly in larger corporations
  • Insurance, pharmaceutical, financial, legal, services and others
  • Commercial printers and quick printers are adding electronic printing

What are Typical Applications for Copier Tabs?

Applications are almost limitless, but often include:

  • Training Manuals
  • Product Specifications
  • Procedure Manuals
  • Directories
  • Almost any bound document with more than a few pages can benefit from tabs

What is a Tab-Capable Copier?

A copier or printer that can print on tabs, text pages and other parts of a document in one pass, delivering a complete, assembled document ready for binding.

What Machines are Used to Print Copier Tabs?

The Xerox DocuTech and 5090 families are the most commonly used machines. Increasingly popular are other models from Kodak, Oce, Ricoh, IBM, Heidelberg and many others. More and More machines are being introduced with tab printing capabilities, including affordable mid-range models in addition to high volume production equipment. Click here for a list of tab capable equipment.

 How Do You Select Among the Different Collating Sequences?

Simply choose the collation to suit the machine you will print with:

  • Reverse Collated is the most common sequence (also called single reverse, SRC or DocuTech style). It is used primarily in the Xerox DocuTech but also in machines from Kodak, Oce, Ricoh, IBM, Heidelberg and others. They are packed in 5-4-3-2-1 order, the revers of how they will appear in the finished document.
  • Double Reverse is the second most popular collation (also called DRC or 5090 Style). It is used primarily in the Xerox 5090 family (5090, 5390 and 5690). It is in 5-5-4-4-3-3-2-2-1-1 order.
  • Straight (also called single straight, SSC, forward, 5100 Style) is used primarily in the Xerox 5100 family (51XX, 58XX and 59XX) as well as DocuColor 40 and some others. It is in 1-2-3-4-5 order.
  • Uncollated (also known as single position) can be used in any tab-capable machine.